It is not too late to have your say about the proposed Coolum streetscape upgrade.
The next round of public meetings is scheduled for Saturday, April 4 at the Coolum Civic Centre from 10am-12 noon and Monday, April 6 at the Coolum Primary School from 5.15-7.15pm.
Councillor Vivien Griffin said design staff had been busy working on the ideas that came out of the community meetings held in late January and were now ready with options on how the ideas could be put into practice.
“There were great ideas and energy at both the community consultation days, and I am looking forward to seeing how our designers have responded to the great vision from the community,” Ms Griffin said.
Ms Griffin said though her focus was on getting the streetscape vision right, it would be easier to get things done if the council controlled the David Low Way instead of the main roads department.
“The council has to get control of the David Low Way through Coolum Beach,” she said.
“Main Roads isn’t interested in these ‘second-order’ roads … they require their big, over-engineered, Main Roads designs and guidelines and standards,” she said.
Ms Griffin said the former Noosa Council had achieved controlled its section of the David Low Way, as well as other state-controlled roads including Gympie Terrace.
“When you have that you can then have a lot more control over your destiny and the type of road environment that you get,” she said.
“Main Roads, they’re really reluctant to have things like pedestrian crossings.
“Get it under your own control, (and) you can have your approach to landscaping, you can go for roundabouts rather than traffic lights, you can get pedestrian crossings in – all the stuff that people actually need a road for.”
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